Mariska Hargitay has been on Law & Order: SVU since the dawn of time (no for real, Olivia Benson is the longest-running female character in a TV drama), and she has made…so much money along the way. Truly, she has even more in the bank than Taylor Swift’s cat (also named Olivia Benson), and that’s saying something because this cat is worth $97 million. In fact, the only person making more than Mariska in the world of Law & Order is Dick Wolf, whose net worth is a casual $600 million. On that note, still waiting for someone to buy me this shirt:
Point is: Mariska has earned millions—and the vast majority of her net worth comes from Law & Order: SVU. She’s not agreeing to those contract renewals for nothing, ya know?
So How Much Does Mariska Make From Law & Order: SVU?
Mariska’s salary has changed quite a bit over the years, so let’s break it down. Between seasons 1-10, Mariska was making $375,000 to $385,000 per episode, according to Celebrity Net Worth. But then the SVU cast’s contract expired (giving them a perfect opportunity to re-negotiate), and in 2014, Forbes reported that Mariska was taking home $450,000 per episode—making her one of the highest paid actresses on TV at the time.
More recently in 2018, Forbes reported that Mariska was making $13 million per season, which puts her at over $500,000 per episode. And keep in mind these are LONG seasons! Like, 22 episodes worth at ~$500k each long. 😳
She Earns a Ton in Royalties
On top of Law & Order: SVU still airing new episodes, re-runs are on all the damn time. And yes, Mariska makes money from them. Celebrity Net Worth reports that she can make anywhere from $2 million to $4 million extra per year thanks to bonuses and syndications—meaning she’s usually earning up to $15 million total from SVU every year.
Mariska recently spoke about being the longest-running female character in TV drama history to Drew Barrymore, saying, “I feel very satisfied, sated, because I’m having I think more fun now than I ever had. So I feel grateful. I love my cast. I love them, they’re like family now, and I’m also grateful that the show that’s the longest running show on television is about believing victims. So that for me is the most rewarding thing.”
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She Has Money Tied Up in Real Estate
Like most A-listers (yes, she’s an A-lister, fight me!), Mariska and her husband, fellow Law & Order: SVU star Peter Hermann, have millions tied up in real estate. And that includes a $7.34 million home in East Hampton, which is their primary residence. This might be the kitchen? Maybe?
The couple also previously owned a townhouse in New York City which they paid $10.7 million for and then sold for $9.75 million (so…they actually lost $1 million), and Celebrity Net Worth reports they’ve also owned NYC homes worth $5.1 million and $8.5 million.
Basically, they’re not short on fancy real estate holdings.
So What Is Mariska Hargitay’s Net Worth in Total?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mariska has $100 million in the bank, the vast majority of which is thanks to playing Detective Olivia Benson. And while we’re here, Mariska’s husband Peter has a net worth of $20 million (so together they have $120 million), while her co-star Christopher Meloni has a net worth of $30 million. The more you know!